Politico.com is reporting that yesterday former President George H. W. Bush defended Judge Sonia Sotomayor by saying that it is "not right" to call her a racist.
“She was called by somebody a racist once. That’s not right. I mean, that’s not fair,” Bush said in an interview with CNN. “It doesn’t help the process. You're out there name-calling. So let them decide who they want to vote for and get on with it.”
"I don't know her that well, but I think she's had a distinguished record on the bench and she should be entitled to fair hearings,” he said.
Distinguished record? By whose standards, Mr. Bush? In fact, we really haven't heard much about her record on the bench. All we hear about is how empathetic she is. Since when does empathy have a place on the highest court in the nation? The Constitution says nothing of it.
Sonia Sotomayor has proven that she holds a bias toward what she perceives as a country riddled with nothing but white supremacists. Her comments about being a "wise Latina woman" capable of making better decisions than a white male was a statement that anyone with an iota of character would find offensive, regardless of race.
This statement by the elder Bush is another example to be added to the list of reasons why he only got one bite at the Presidential apple.